A neohumanist perspective By Kulapati, Dada Shambhushivananda
We have been surrounded by war cries for thousands of years. Every few years, wars take a toll of thousands of innocent civilians. Violence has crept into human relationships and ordinary households. Peace and harmony has been the need of our world for a long time.
The desire for ‘inner-peace’ and ‘outer-peace’ has been addressed by millions of people over years. A simple google search on ‘peace’ reveals six hundred million references on the web. There are high profile awards designated for Peace such as Nobel Peace Prize and many others and yet Peace remains as elusive as ever.
How Do We Make Peace a Reality?
Personal Dimension of Peace – A life style of peace must be based on ahimsa- on the very idea that we must not intend to hurt other entities by thought, word and action. That is why the yogis and sages of the past have repeatedly emphasized love and compassion as the foundation of a religious and spiritual world view. In today’s world, this can only be achieved if we have a world government with world militia guided by the spirit of ahimsa. Neohumanism provides an ideological alternative for creating such a world government.
Socio-Psychological Sensitivity– Each culture and group is guided by its own sentimental legacy and temperamental peculiarities. What is needed is to recognize the interests and psychological needs of each group and try to find a way that fulfills genuine needs and aspirations while transforming elements of our culture which are either irrational, dogmatic, or those that destroy the fine tapestry of sweet cordiality among all beings. This is the most fragile task since sentiments are difficult to guide with rationality. Proper education is the only way to sublimate narrow or irrational sentiments into benevolent or cosmic sentiments.
Fulfillment of Basic Needs– A drive for conflict is guided by an unfulfillment of basic human needs such as the need for survival, freedom of movement and expression etc. That is why the establishment of PROUT (Progressive Utilization Theory) is a sin-qua-non for the establishment of permanent peace in the world. PROUT ensures that each being is provided the capability to secure minimum and maximum amenities of life without jeopardizing the collective interests.
Magnanimity of Mind– Sharing power requires magnanimity of mind. Accepting leadership of others also requires magnanimity of mind. Solving collective problems also require ‘patient listening and sensitive talking”- both of which require first of all, magnanimous and liberal thinking. Neohumanism is a magnanimous ideology. It is a pathway for bringing unity among diversity rather than causing greater distrust and tearing apart human-relationships. A proper cosmic ideation is a key to establish oneself in ever-increasing circles of greater and greater magnanimity.